Grateful Dead Live at Broome County Arena on 1977-11-06
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Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Mexicali Blues ->
Me And My Uncle
Friend Of The Devil
New Minglewood Blues
Dupree's Diamond Blues
The Music Never Stopped
Samson And Delilah
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain ->
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Wharf Rat ->
Saint Stephen ->
Johnny B. Goode
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|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo
|Mexicali Blues >
|Me And My Uncle
|Friend of the Devil
|New Minglewood Blues
|Dupree's Diamond Blues
|The Music Never Stopped
|Samson and Delilah
|Scarlet Begonias >
|Fire on the Mountain
|Saint Stephen >
|Not Fade Away >
|Wharf Rat >
|Saint Stephen >
|Johnny B. Goode
MATRIX MIX: SBD/AUD (About 60%/40%)
Reel -> DAT -> CDR
EAC -> Shorten 32
By Doug Nawrocki
Sony ECM-33Ps> Sony 158; A:C:D:Cool Edit:CD
Recorded by Jerry Moore
Transferred by David Minches
Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (SHN>AIFF>Final Cut>WAV>FLAC)
1) There is a cut in the AUD in Half-Step (0:00-0:14).
2) While there are cuts in the AUD source between songs for this show, all cuts were faded together to create a seamless AUD track - special thank you to the mysterious individual who suggested this to me.
3) All disc changes are seamless.
4) Thanks to Doug Nawrocki, Jerry Moore, and David Minches for making this matrix possible.
June 13, 2008
- 2008-06-22 16:35:16
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- Binghamton, NY
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- Transferred by
- Hunter Seamons
- Broome County Arena
Subject: Slow Second Half
The first half is generally full of pep and energy, with a number of good songs throughout.
The second half, however, is a snore. The tempo here is extremely slow, and it sounds like the band really isn't interested. Scarlet -> Fire provides at least something interesting with a good transition, though Scarlet itself is plagued by poor playing in the beginning.
Calling this one of the best shows if 1977 is absolutely insane. There's not much to see here, folks.
Subject: Thinking 'bout Larry
After the show, we threw a huge party at our house down the road from the Arena, with many Heads wandering in, and we partied until the sun came up the next day. Maybe one of you happened by that night? I sure wish Larry could have been there, but I swear they played that first set just for him. I'll never forget it, or Larry.
Subject: Scarlet-> Fire
Love the 1/2 step, but I got too anxious to hear another great Scarlet Fire from 77, so I skipped to it.
The first time I listened to it, about two years ago, I was disappointed. There was a little slop here and there, especially in the beginning--as one head below points out, there was a guitar being tuned early in Begonias, and much of the transition just floats around a while. Finally going back to reevaluate this ScarFire today, I am not disappointed, anymore. There are some long segments around the transition that have next to no energy, but much of it is just beautiful and even intense. There really is some tremendous jamming in this SF.
I also must have more appreciation for all of the relics we are so fortunate to have easy access to. I recently read an article called "What's Become of the Bettys" which gave me insight to how lucky we all really are to have so many live Dead recordings. Since I've loved the Dead I've been trading tapes, but compared to what we can now access on the archive, only a few, such as the Barton Hall 2nd set and a few other boards I had, had such great quality. If you tend to take these recordings for granted, you should read that article.
So 30 years later how does it sound? Can I possibly be objective in my sober, adult mind? Who knows.
The show is a contradiction to be now. I hear so many flubs, ill pitched vocals and sloppy playing more than as a kid, but I can still catch the vibe of this very indelible show. It's the tempo of it that is unshakable. At times I think it's 76' slow and other times I can't believe how rocking it is. Is there a more energetic (Pre 87') Half Step? Jack Straw? Music Never Stopped equally rocking with a just the right amount of spaciness. First set overall is just fun.
The second set is an enigma and really exemplifies the duality of the Dead for me as just a great rock band with plenty of faults and a unique art form that was ever evolving.
Sampson is great (Yeah, ok, we know it was great hence all the gushing about the show and the band and the review) as any of the first set songs. Totally rocking. And then-
OK for all the Donna writing I do here, this version of Sunrise has forever give her a pass for any cackling over Playin, et. al. It really is just terrific and the band is right behind her the whole way. I've said it countless times, but it just takes a collective belief in the material (at the same time) to make any material come alive and this time it works beautifully.
This Scarlett -Fire transition is gorgeous despite some decision making and the band just spacing out for a while. Actually much of the Scarlett is sloppy, but yes, we've already established this show isn't all about being tight. The first solo is classic and had etched in my mind the quintessential Jerry playing. It just seems to have come out of nowhere. Who would have thought that this guy who can't remember the words to his own song would bust out so confidently. But is that down time supposed to be a piano solo? Scratch that, it has to be as evidence from what happens later in the set. It's all about the transition of this one though. They just let it pulse. Everyone stays back as if it's torture to not give it everything. Only the drums stay consistent with Phil holding down the melody. Yes, the bass player is holding the melody. Overall this is a veteran band acting as maturely and confident as could ever be asked of a bunch of rockers. Oh, but Keith, couldn't you just have gotten it together just a bit more on this one?
St. Stephen onward towards it's coda, is again into magic Dead in that it moves into the territory that challenges the listener to go to that other world. One big song with some diversions as if to ask ones self, "Did that really happen" or Where did I go?"
There in lies the enigma, however, because much of that music really isn't played all that well. Still, who said it had to be tight to be magical? The main problem seems to come from Keith who manages to approach his playing as a percussionist in this part of the set. Not Fade shows Keith reverting into a monkey with a vague sense of timing and having strict teacher with a bunch of bananas. Seriously he's just pounding out chords from the beginning of Fire through the end of the show. It's just outright painful, yet the byproduct is actually kind of hypnotic. Not sure if I have heard any other shows that demonstrate this.
Oh, but Jerry comes to the rescue again with yet another undeniable and indelible lead that has again epitomized The Grateful Dead to me till this day. That doesn't necessarily mean it's the finest, but it just seems to have been played as if for the first time. Ballsy, elegant, tasteful, tuneful and then gone. Back to another mediocre Fire and band that sounds as if they don't know how long they've been playing or when it will end. And then another sick Jerry riff. Again as if from out of nowhere or defiant towards the rest of the group. But then a rocking Good Love. Strange set.
To me this set is one I will always cherish with great memories and listen to with fondness- Though if it happens to be in my car, it will be with the windows rolled up.
Subject: This is no 5/8/77
Unfortunately, the 2nd set has a less-than-impressive set list and performance. Scarlet>Fire is the typical mellow 77 version without the 5/8-ish crescendo. St. Stephen is starting to get interesting when they cut it off for a drum break. Not Fade Away is neither fast nor long. Wharf Rat is well played, but it's a mid-tempo stomp after a set full of mostly mid-tempo stuff. Truckin' is another mid-tempo stomp, but they do build a lot of energy with the start-stop action and then peak after peak leading to a furious climax.
I'm generally more a fan of May-June 77 than the fall. Four stars on the strength of the first set and Truckin'.
Subject: Very nice "matrix" (SBD/AUD) MUST-HAVE!!!
Quality show all around. It's got energy (and plenty of it!), lots of peaks large and small, and a bit of random abandon, especially in the vocal department, and Phil moving like a frenzied sand worm beneath the hot onstage musical desert, ("Blues For Allah" influence still felt, though more mildly) at times various and sundry.
Everything one could want in a Dead show, with virtually EVERY member showing up to play this night, and the crowd is RIGHT THERE propelling the band along!
Reviewer: Eric "Jerry's Kid" Andreasen - 4.00 out of 5 Stars - December 26, 2010 Avg. Rating 4.5
Subject: ESSENTIAL! GREAT FOUR-STAR SHOW!
Transition between the cowboy tunes is EXCELLENT (never heard one like it before) and "New Minglewood Blues" (Bob's next song vocal) SMOKES! Listen to that funky riff Jerry is playing behind Bob's vocals on the last set of verses, very cool and hot!
To my ears, the band started sounding a little "thicker" and "chunkier" after Spring '77. Many of the peak moments this fall are kind of tucked away (Phil is all over the place!) and occur during a lot of the ensemble playing. "Tennessee Jed" has a NICE build-up by Garcia and Company (and listen to Bob gently goading it on as Garcia plays the lead, that Bob, he's a crafty devil! ...on his good nights!)
Over all a great, consistent, solid show with a LOT of little highlights here and there, and some BIG JAMS!!!
One of the gems of Fall '77 for sure!
CAVEAT: I'm listening to Hunter Seamons' matrix of this SBD and two AUDS (one by Moore & Minches). I'm rating this source 5 to balance out the 4 I gave to the Jerry Moore AUD. So, in total, I'm giving it 4.67 stars...
Subject: Simply stunning
Subject: Many over the top moments
Subject: Great Show! Great Matrix